Meditation on Thankfulness

See all 10 passages and the notes. I am just going to highlight the first one with the notes for this one. A great reminder for this Thanksgiving Day.

10 key Bible verses on Thankfulness with the ESV study notes:

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:15–18

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Read More

ESV Study Bible Notes

Joy in Paul’s letters is a basic mark of the Christian (Rom. 14:17) and a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). It is often associated with the firm hope of the Christian (e.g., Rom. 5:2–5; 12:12).

Pray without ceasing suggests a mental attitude of prayerfulness, continual personal fellowship with God, and consciousness of being in his presence throughout each day. Christians are to be marked by thanksgiving (Eph. 5:4, 20; Col. 2:7; 3:15, 17; 4:2). This probably refers to all of 1 Thess. 5:16–18.

Click on the link to see the rest of the 10 passages and notes with them.

Another Big thing to be thankful for:

As I have been studying more and more of church history, we as Americans need to be grateful for our freedoms and constitutional rights – freedom of religion, worship, speech, thought, ideas, freedom of assembly and the right to bear arms for self-defense, the rule of law in judicial process, etc. One thing I noticed in studying church history is that the modern idea of freedom of religion and speech comes out of getting rid of the state church government and persecutions of heretics and schismatics. The Waldensians (see below), the Anabaptists and Baptists were considered heretics at first, and it was brutal, especially for the Waldensians and Anabaptists. (see my post on Baptism and church history.) It is too bad the freedom of the press has lost it’s original way and intention and now more and more are promoting their own secular (and Socialist-Communist-Atheistic, mob-rule, LGBT intersectionality and Critical Race Theory) agenda rather than fairly reporting the news.

Dr. Gavin Ortlund continues to put out great videos on church history, historical theology, and discussions and debates with Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans, Anglicans and others. His recent video on the Waldensians is excellent.

We should be grateful for this and the American Constitution and our political freedoms, because at this point in history, it seems we are in danger of loosing a lot of these freedoms. The agenda of the powers of big corporate tech. companies, the main stream media, our education system, and leftist political powers are basically seeking to quash our Christian freedoms.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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2 Responses to Meditation on Thankfulness

  1. Calling out inconsistencies says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you had a chance to look into the Christian guy that threatens Uthman bin Farooq with a knife and then ran away.

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